Kullu Dussehra Fair, Himachal

     State : Himachal Pradesh

     Time of Celebration : Month of October
Sipi Fair

Dussehra is a week long celebration in Kullu, which normally starts on Vijaydashmi.The history of Kullu Dussehra dates back to the 17th century when the king Jaganand installed an idol of Raghunath or Lord Rama on his throne as a mark of penance. Lord Raghunath,who is the main deity of the festival is taken in a procession along with other deities of the region. It is believed that all the gods of the valley visit the region to pay homage to Lord Raghunath.

On the first day of the festival, the chariot of Lord Raghunath is pulled from the Dhalpur Maidan to another spot across the maidan(area) by big ropes. The pulling of ropes is regarded as sacred by the local people. On the last day of the festival the chariot of Lord Raghunath is taken near the bank of the river Beas, where a pile of wood and grass is set on fire rememorize the burning of Lanka.